UNION Lockset surpasses 1,000,000 operations: The epitome of Quality, Reliability, and Expertise


Johannesburg, September 2019 – UNION’s wide range of locksets, popularly used in private and public facilities and manufactured in the production facility in Johannesburg, are renowned for their high quality and durability. And that famous durability has now been infallibly proven with a recent test.

UNION’s Gower lockset range was recently put to the test to confirm its quality and reliability claim, and unsurprisingly, the locksets came out on top! They were tested in the ASSA ABLOY test laboratory, and were still going strong after 1 million cycles, still fully functional and working perfectly.

The cycle test is based on a door being opened and closed over and over again to ensure a lock and handle set keeps working. 1,000,000 cycles means that if you open and close your door ten times a day, your UNION lockset could be safely working for well over 273 years – making this product the ultimate fit-and-forget lockset.

This range of UNION Gower locksets is locally manufactured in South Africa, at the ASSA ABLOY factory in Roodepoort. Speaking to the Chief Operations Officer Africa of ASSA ABLOY, Heidi Morris, she expressed pride in the team’s achievement saying, “We are extremely happy with the fact that the UNION Gower Lockset has surpassed 1 million cycles on the test rig.  This shows the outstanding quality and reliability of our locks which are manufactured right here. We take pride in all the products that we supply and ensure that all products meet and exceed the required standards.”

The factory has recently received a major investment in automation, with collaborative robots to improve manufacturing processes and speed. With this process automation introduction, these locksets are manufactured on the new lock body assembly line which is a collaborative set of robots, working hand in hand with our production team.

“When making these UNION locksets and all other products manufactured in our factory, we always ensure that they’re manufactured to meet our customers expectations. We want to make sure that our customers get great value for their money and consistently our client base confirm that UNION locksets are the way to go. This test proves why,” says Hayley Elwen, Business Development Director, ASSA ABLOY Africa.

UNION’s range of locksets are supplied in two, three and four lever variants as well as a cylinder option, all of which carry the SABS mark of approval, and are ideal for use in all building projects, be it residential, commercial, educational or industrial. Moreover, all UNION locksets carry a 5-year warranty. The lock body within these locksets is powder-coated in the UNION red coating to protect the lock against corrosion, which ensures that it retains its functionality in inland or coastal regions, while also making it easy for customers to easily distinguish the product in-store.

Having passed the million cycle operation test, the well-trusted UNION lockset proves yet again that it deserves the compliments and high regard from users and contractors. For homeowners, architects and contractors – these locksets remain a top choice.

Learn more about UNION Gower Lockset range here

For more information please contact:

Hayley Elwen

Business Development Director Africa ASSA ABLOY Africa

Phone:  +27 11 761 5024

E-mail:  hayley.elwen@assaabloy.com


The ASSA ABLOY Group is the global leader in access solutions. The Group operates worldwide with 48,500 employees and sales of SEK 84 billion. The Group has leading positions in areas such as efficient door openings, trusted identities and entrance automation. ASSA ABLOY's innovations enable safe, secure and convenient access to physical and digital places. Every day, we help billions of people experience a more open world.